New Study Confirms Abortion Increases
Risk of Future Premature Births
PARIS, April 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study from France has confirmed that abortion increases a woman’s
risk of delivering future children prematurely; the risk of very preterm delivery (less than 33 weeks) increases
even more dramatically.
After studying data on 1,943 very preterm births, 276 moderately preterm babies and 618 full-term controls, Dr.
Caroline Moreau of Hopital de Bicetre and colleagues concluded that women with a history of abortion were 1.5 times
more likely to give birth very prematurely (under 33 weeks gestation), and 1.7 times more likely to have a baby
born extremely (under 28 weeks gestation) preterm). Their findings were reported in the April issue of the British
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a peer-reviewed medical journal.
Previous research, also conducted in Paris, revealed that the odds of a woman delivering prematurely increase
with the number of abortions in her history, with the likelihood doubled in women who have had two or more
Other research corroborated these findings, reporting that "the risk of preterm birth increased with the number of
abortions," according to a 2004 study.
Moreau’s group revealed that the preterm delivery risk resulted from a tendency for mothers to develop premature
rupture of the membranes, pre-term hemorrhaging, and spontaneous preterm labour of unknown cause.
Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition researcher Brent Rooney and Dr. Byron Calhoun revealed in 2003 that, in women with a
history of four or more abortions, the risk of a future extremely early premature birth (less than 28 weeks
gestation) is increased by eight times.
In addition, Rooney relates German research that revealed that a history of two abortions caused a five-fold
increase in a tendency to very premature babies, while three or more abortions increased the incidence to eight times
the norm. This massive 1998 study followed women in the German state of Bavaria, the former home of the current Pope
Pre-term pregnancies contribute to a host of problems, including an increased risk of infant death, and a
significant increase in the tendency for the baby to develop cerebral palsy. Rooney cites statistics indicating,
"The cerebral palsy risk in extremely early premature birth babies is about 38 times higher than in the overall
population of newborns."
In a coming article, two medical doctors and Rooney estimate that there are nearly 1,100 excess cases of U.S.
newborns yearly with cerebral palsy due to their mothers' prior induced abortions.